It was announced earlier that from 21 January 2018, if you have at least one child under the age of 21, and you have not agreed on ancillary matters with your spouse, it is mandatory for you to attend the Mandatory Parenting Programme MSF before filing for divorce. Ancillary matters include custody, care and control and access to your children, maintenance issues and division of matrimonial assets.
Only the party who wishes to divorce shall attend. Hence, you do not need to attend the Mandatory Parenting Programme MSF with your spouse. The Mandatory Parenting Programme MSF will last for 2 hours. At the Mandatory Parenting Programme MSF, you will understand the importance of co-parenting and the practical issues arising out of your divorce.
At the end of the Mandatory Parenting Programme MSF, you will recent a certificate of completion from the counsellor, which you can use to file for divorce in Singapore.
Previously, only those with at least one child under the age of 14 needed to attend the programme. Since the start of the Mandatory Parenting Programme MSF, more than 2,500 people have completed the programme.
When can you attend the Mandatory Parenting Programme MSF?
The programme runs at:
- Care Corner Centre for Co-Parenting in Eunos Crescent;
- Thye Hua Kwan Centre for Family Harmony @ Commonwealth; and
- Ang Mo Kio’s HELP Family Service Centre.
See: Rahimah Rashith, “Divorcing couples with older children to undergo mandatory consultation”, The Straits Times, 9 January 2018
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